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Illegal puppies seized at NI ports
Over 2,000 checks were carried out at Belfast and Larne ports between 3 and 10 December. (Stock photo)
Officials say puppy trafficking “will not be tolerated” 

Thirty-four illegal puppies have been seized in a matter of days at ports in Northern Ireland, during a series of vehicle checks.

Over 2,000 checks were carried out at Belfast and Larne ports between 3 and 10 December.

Working with local councils, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) found puppies without the correct paperwork - in some cases being kept in inadequate conditions.

DAERA’s head of animal health and welfare policy, Jackie Robinson, said: “The illegal movement of dogs through our ports will not be tolerated.

“Anyone who may have information on the illegal movement of dogs or an illegal breeding establishment can contact the relevant authorities. Contact details are available on the DAERA website.”

Patricia Allen, chair of the Local Government Animal Welfare Project Board, added: “Councils give a high priority to the welfare of domestic pets and operate a rigorous enforcement policy to ensure full compliance of regulatory requirements.”

Councils are now taking follow up action for the puppies found during this exercise.

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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